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One-day tour to Olkhon Island

One-day tour to Olkhon Island Duration: 15 hours
Group: 1-15
Season: All year round
Language: English
Tour type: Trekking and Hiking, Nature and Wildlife, Adventure.
Tour price: from 6800 rubles per person

 

 

Looking for an itinerary for a one-day tour to Olkhon island? It is impossible to see all of Olkhon in one day, but a daytrip can be fun and rewarding. This itinerary is designed to be a general interest tour.
For a comprehensive exploration of the island, you have to spend at least 3 days there.

Olkhon Island is the largest island (72km/45mi long) on Lake Baikal located 300km/186mi northeast of Irkutsk. It offers a surprising combination of diverse and beautiful landscapes. Olkhon is ideal for wild nature lovers!
In addition, Olkhon boasts a rich history. Archeological findings such as petroglyphs, sites of ancient settlements, remains of stony walls and cult holy places allow to touch the history and ancient culture of islanders.
Olkhon is also a centre of Shamanism, and there are annual spiritual gatherings on the island, as well as ethno-music parties in summer.

 

One-day tour to Olkhon Island by Car

Itinerary
Irkutsk – MRS (Sakhyurta) – Khuzhir – Cape Kharantsi – Peschannaya bay – Tri Brata cliffs – Cape Khoboy – Irkutsk

Description of the one-day tour to Olkhon island by Car:
7:00 Departure from Irkutsk for Sakhyurta village (MRS). Lunch in the cafe of Buryat cuisine (paid extra, about 200-300 rub per person).
12:00 Arrival to Khuzhir, the main Olkhon’s settlement.
12.00-16.00 Tour to Cape Khoboy (80km/50mi, round trip). Tour is carried out by UAZ, either on ice or by land, depending on season. There will be several stops along the way and a picnic. Usually it includes Ukha – soup with Baikal fish cooked over a campfire.
In the evening arrival to Irkutsk.

Stops along the way:

Cape Kharantsi
It is located 4km/2.5mi from Khuzhir, and there is a settlement of the same name on the cape. Kharantsi village has still preserved the way of life of the indigenous islanders.

Peschannaya bay
The bay is notable for a sandy beach with high dunes 6.5km/4mi long stretching deep into the island. The dunes formed as a result of winds blowing from the lake and moving sand from the shore area. On the edge of a forest where the dunes finish, “trees on stilts” or “walking trees” can be found. Larches and pines stand on their bare roots rising 12 in (30 cm) above ground. After World War II there was a camp for prisoners in the bay. The number of prisoners, on different data, came to 1,200 people.

Sagan-Khushun Cape and Tri Brata cliffs.
Sagan-Khushun is located on the western coast of Olkhon Island. The cape was recognized as a natural monument. There are several archaeological sites on the cape such as the ruins of a wall and a moat about 2000 ft (600 m) long.
The name «Sagan-Khushun» is translated from the Buryat languge as «White (Sagan) Cape (Khushun)». Sagan-Khushun is a very spectacular cape formed of white-marble rock massif. The cape is about 1km/0.6mi in length.
A group of big cliffs standing in a row in the southern part of the cape is named Tri Brata that is translated as “Three (tri) Brothers (brata)”. The composition includes three picturesque pyramid-shaped rocks with a cave and grottos.

Cape Khoboy
It is the most northern cape of Olkhon Island. The cape is located close to the widest part of the Baikal.
Khoboy is a magnificent place. Standing on its rocky cliff you can enjoy panoramic view of the Maloye Morye (Small Sea) strait. When the weather is good, a natural monument the Ushkany archipelago and the Sviatoy Nos peninsula can be seen. The view is especially beautiful at sunrise. In winter, caves of the cape look magnificent decorated with glassy splashes of ice and fabulous icicles.
Khoboy is translated as ‘fang’ from the old Buryat language and indeed the stone towering over the cape looks much like a fang. The cape has the second name “Virgin”, because a huge rock looks like a figure of a woman from the waterside.

 

Depending on the season, there are three ways of getting to Olkhon Island. The price of the one-day tour to Olkhon island is calculated based on the season:

1. 15th February – 20th March.
The highlight of the period is Baikal ice. You will be moving right on the frozen surface of the Baikal. It is absolutely safe in mid-February – early March. This is one of the adventurous and exciting way to reach Olkhon.

Price of the one-day tour to Olkhon island by Car:
1 PAX – 28000 rub
2 PAX – 13900 rub per person
3 PAX – 10700 rub per person
4 PAX – 9300 rub per person
5 PAX – 9000 rub per person
6 PAX or more – 7200 rub per person

2. April – May, mid-December – mid-February
The lake isn’t frozen still, but the ferry crossing is already stopped operating. In these periods, an amphibious air-cushion vehicle, “Khivous” connects Olkhon with the mainland (Sakhyurta village, MRS).
“Khivous” is an amphibious air-cushion vehicle designed for all-season operation to the places where there is no way to travel by land. “Khivous” is able to move 60-80 km/h. Its cabin is warm and comfortable.

Price of the one-day tour to Olkhon island by Car:
1 PAX – 29000 rub
2 PAX – 14800 rub per person
3 PAX – 11900 rub per person
4 PAX – 10600 rub per person
5 PAX – 9300 rub per person
6 PAX or more – 7500 rub per person

3. Mid-May – mid-December
Ferry crossing. It takes about one hour and is free for passengers and cars. During summer, it is operating the whole day with an interval of about an hour.

Price of the one-day tour to Olkhon island by Car:
1 PAX – 27400 rub
2 PAX – 14000 rub per person
3 PAX – 9800 rub per person
4 PAX – 8800 rub per person
5 PAX – 7700 rub per person
6 PAX or more – 6800 rub per person

The price includes:
– Pick up/drop off service
– Transfers according to the tour program
– Lunch on Khoboy Cape
– English-speaking guide

Price does not include: Lunch in the cafe of Buryat cuisine in Sakhyurta (about 200-300 rub per person).

 

One-day tour to Olkhon Island

One-day tour to Olkhon Island

One-day tour to Olkhon Island

One-day tour to Olkhon Island

 

 

One-day tour to Olkhon Island by Bus

Schedule 2019:
September: Wednesday, Saturday

Description of the one-day tour to Olkhon island by Bus:
6:30 Departure from Irkutsk for Sakhyurta village (MRS). Bus transfer. Breakfast.
11.30 Arrival in Sakhyurta village (MRS), ferry crossing to Olkhon.
11.50 – 16.30 Tour of Olkhon by UAZ (russian off road car). Lunch.
Sights:
– Khuzhir village,
– Burkhan cape,
– Khargoi cape,
– Kurikan wall
16.30-18.30 Boat tour of the Maloye Morye strait
18.30 Transfer from Sakhyurta village (MRS) to Irkutsk by bus. Stop for dinner.
23.30 Arrival in Irkutsk.

Price of the one-day tour to Olkhon island by Bus:
Price: 11,500 rub per person

The price includes:
– Bus transfer (Irkutsk – MRS – Irkutsk)
– tour of Okhon (by UAZs)
– Breakfast, lunch, dinner
– 2-hour boat tour of Maloye Morye strait

 

 

One-day tour to Olkhon Island by Boat !NEW!

There are two options of the boat tour. The options differ in the way of getting to the island:
from June 29 – August 24 the transfer is made through Listvyanka village,
from August 28 – September 21 transfer is made through MRS village.

The options are slightly different in duration and price.

 

Option 1: June 29 – August 24

Description of the one-day tour to Olkhon island by Boat (option 1, full route):
6:45 Departure from Irkutsk for Listvyanka. It is possible to start the tour in Listvyanka (the ticket is 200 rub cheaper).
08:15 Boarding the ship in Listvyanka and departure for Olkhon
12:15 Arrival to Olkhon Island (Zagly Bay).
12:15-16:50 Tour of Olkhon island with lunch. Tour attractions:
– Khuzhir village
– Burkhan cape
– Shamanka rock
– Khargoi cape
– Kurykan fortress wall
17:00* Boarding the ship in Zagly Bay and departure for Listvyanka
21:00 Arrival in Listvyanka, transfer to Irkutsk by bus. It is possible to end the tour in Listvyanka (the ticket is 200 rub cheaper).
22:30 Arrival in Irkutsk

*Begining August 14, departure from Zagly Bay is at 16:30

Description of the one-day tour to Olkhon island by Boat (option 1, shortened route):
6:45 Departure from Irkutsk for Listvyanka. It is possible to start the tour in Listvyanka (the ticket is 200 rub cheaper).
08:15 Boarding the ship in Listvyanka and departure for Olkhon
12:15 Arrival to Olkhon Island (Zagly Bay).
12:15-16:50 Tour of Olkhon island with lunch. Tour attractions:
– Khuzhir village
– Burkhan cape
– Shamanka rock
– Khargoi cape
– Kurykan fortress wall

Schedule 2019
June: 29
July: Wed and Sat
August: Wed and Sat (except 28, 31)

Price of the One-day tour to Olkhon Island by Boat (option 1):
Full route: 11,000 rub. Price for the children under 10 is 6,500 rub
Shortened route: 9,200 rub. Price for the children under 10 is 5,500 rub

The price includes:
– Transfer by bus Irkutsk-Listvyanka (round trip)
– Transfer by boat Listvyanka-Olkhon (round trip)
– Guide (Russian language)
– Olkhon tour
– Breakfast (snacks)
– Lunch in Khizhir

The price does not include:
– Transfer from your hotel to a departure point. Price 1500 rub (English-speaking attendant, taxi)
– English-speaking guide. Guide services for the whole tour day cost 6000 rub

 

Option 2: August 28 – September 21

Description of the one-day tour to Olkhon island by Boat (option 2):
6:30 Departure from Irkutsk for Listvyanka
Transfer to MRS village with a stop for lunch
11:30 Arrival in MRS village, ferry crossing to Olkhon island
11:50-16:30 Tour of Olkhon by UAZ (Russian off-road). Tour attractions:
– Khuzhir village
– Burkhan cape
– Shamanka rock
– Khargoi cape
– Kurykan fortress wall
16:30-18:30 – boat tour along the Maloye Morye Strait
18:30 – Transfer to Irkutsk with a stop for dinner
23:30 Arrival in Irkutsk

Schedule 2019
August: 28, 31
September: Wed and Sat (except 25, 28)

Price of the One-day tour to Olkhon Island by Boat (option 2): 10,700 rub. Price for the children under 10 is 6,350 rub

The price includes:
– Transfer by bus Irkutsk-MRS village (round trip)
– Guide (Russian language)
– Olkhon tour
– Breakfast (snacks), lunch, dinner
– Boat tour along the Maloye Morye strait

The price does not include:
– Transfer from your hotel to a departure point. Price 1500 rub (English-speaking attendant, taxi)
– English-speaking guide. Guide services for the whole tour day cost 6000 rub

 

 

One-day tour to Olkhon Island

 

 

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Other Baikal tours:

 

Winter tour to Maloye Morye and Olkhon Island. During the trip you will see landmarks which are not available in any seasons except winter.

“Around the Baikal” tour. During this boat tour you will travel by variety of water vehicles watching slowly changing landscapes or getting adrenaline rafting the fast mountain rivers.

On the Baikal Caves tour you will explore several caves and admire their spacious halls and narrow passages, stalactites and stalagmites, crystals of ice and corallits. Most of Baikal caves are even older than the lake!

Book the Dogsled Tour along the Circum-Baikal Railway and enjoy working with powerful Baikal huskies, the beauty of the Baikal’s winter nature and the architecture monuments of the Circum-Baikal Railway.

Whatever rout of the Full-day snowmobile tour you choose, either through taiga or over frozen surface of the lake, make sure you’ve got your camera with you because the views are breathtaking!

A Real Icy Banya! Such an exotic place actually exists and is located on the shore of Lake Baikal.

Want to see the Circum-Baikal Railway in winter but afraid of riding over the frozen lake? Take a the tour by hovercraft and enjoy winter views of the Circum-Baikal Railway from its warm and comfortable cabin.

One-day Fishing trip on Lake Baikal give you a chance to spend a day enjoing the stunning beauty of the Baikal’s nature and experience the excitement of fishing.

Circum-Baikal Railway tour. Spend a day in a comfortable train moving along Lake Baikal shore by the old railroad through tunnels and bridges built during the Tsarist Russia in 1902-1904.

On the Baikal Helicopter tour, you will see the unforgettable Baikal landscapes and the Circum-Baikal railway from a bird’s-eye view.

Spend your vacation in the Floating hotel “Ecotur” which is located in Chivyrkuysky Bay, the most magnificent bay of Lake Baikal.


 

 

 

10 thoughts on “One-day tour to Olkhon Island

  1. Patrick

    I would book the 2 days tour to Olkhon Island on 17-18 Oct.
    1. Is any change of the itinerary?
    2. Whether the tour includes visiting Shamanka Rock and Khoboi Cliff.
    3. Which is guesthouse in Khurzhir Village?
    4. What is the price for 2 person?

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  2. Caitlin

    Excellent tour! Our guide Tanya was very knowledgeable, personable, and accommodating. We enjoyed the drive to the island where we were greeted by our 4×4 driver Vasiliy who knows the island intimately. A lovely lunch on the island prepared fresh by Tanya and Vasiliy and some hiking in remote areas with excellent vistas and free of other tourists. One day isn’t enough, but it’s all we had. If you only have one day to see Olkhon island, I highly recommend this tour! Next time we’ll do a longer tour!

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  3. BECHON

    The best tour I ever got! I was alone on this tour and it was a VIP tour. The best memory from my travel in Russia (3 weeks).

    The guide, Natalia, very good English speaking, is very nice and very helpful and has a deep knowledge of the history of the area and about the local culture.
    Driving and walking on ice were a huge pleasure, but the best was the breakfast (warm fish soup) on the ice. The driver (and cooker), Alexander, drove very safely.
    I recommand this tour at everyone who loves nature and local culture and would like to enjoy a good time. BUT this tour is more confortable in 2 days than 1 day, because we need a lot of time to go from Irkutsk to Baikal Lake.

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  4. Patrick Woo

    I have interest on your one day Olkhon Island in end of September but I need to take 4 hours (12.00-16.00) hiking 40km (round trip)to Cape Khoboy. It is hard for a non-professional hiker, like me.

    And what the weather there in September.

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    1. russia

      Hi Patrick!

      The 1-day Olkhon tour doesn’t imply hiking/ One day tour is extremely shortened version of the regular tour. I recommend you to book a two-day Olkhon island tour, then you will have time to explore the island by foot. However, the most recommended tour duration is 3 days.

      The weather in September is still ok. However, temperature drops below 0 at night.

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        1. russia

          Day 1
          10.00 Pick up at the Hotel, Departure for the Olkhon Island (300 km).
          13.00 Lunch (not included), walking tour to a beautiful viewpoint Sakhurte Rock with ancient petroglyphs.
          15.00 Ferry crossing to Olkhon Island, transfer to Khuzhir village.
          16.00 Arrival to Khuzhir village (Olkhon).
          16.30 Check in guesthouse.
          17.00 Walking tour to Cape Burhan (main sacral center of Olkhon Island).
          19.00 Dinner, free time.

          Day 2
          8.00 Breakfast.
          9.00-14.00 Tour to Khoboy Cape.
          14.30 Transfer to the ferry.
          15.00 Departure for Irkutsk.
          19.00 Arrival in Irkutsk.

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          1. Patrick Woo

            (1) According to your itinerary, we will go to Cape Burhan at 17:00 but there should be coming dark in September after 17:00!! If the picking up time is at 8:00, it may be able to catch a better view of Cape Burhan (Only suggestion).
            (2) Is the tour to Khoboy Cape on foot and how about the lunch?
            (3) What is the tour cost?

          2. russia

            (1) In september the sun sets around 7 (depends on date). Thus, you will be able to go there and see sunset. This is the best time to see the landscapes.
            (2) Cape Khoboy is located 30 km from Khuzhir. On the 2-day trip you won’t be able to do a walking tour. You will be brought there by car. The tour includes lunch.
            (3) The price depends on the group size. If you travel alone, the price is 31,000 rub.
            The price includes:
            – Pick-up/drop off
            – Transfer to/from Olkhon
            – Accommodation in village Khuzhir + breakfast
            – Tour to North Cape Khoboy + lunch
            – Tour to Cape Burhan
            – National park admission
            – English-speaking guide

            The price doesn’t include:
            – Food and beverages unless specified
            – Admission to museums

            During high season (July-August) you have to pay additional 7,000 rub in order to avoid standing in the long line waiting for the ferry crossing.

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